Santa Cruz Super 8 Frameset

4.76/5 (17 Reviews)


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Super 8


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Automan a Downhiller

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2010

Strengths:    Cant get any stronger, it has a real beafy frame the whole bike is just jawdropping. Cost for the bike is high, but wow you really get a massive incredible dh bike. Have 2.5 front and 3.0 rear all 24"s and is perfect for this bike.

Weaknesses:    Can be misstaken for a motorbike without enigine as someone already said here.

Bottom Line:   
If you can get hold of one, get it ! Just can't get any stronger and better dh bike then this. Sure it's kinda heavy, but it will hold and only thing that will break is you ;)

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Had a Trek a while back, what i remember similar looks to this... just cant remember the name of the model.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nick from Halifax NS

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2007

Strengths:    This bike is awe-inspiring. Of all the frames I've ever seen, except maybe a Karpiel Apocalypse or a Brooklyn Machine Works, this one is the most imposing. The solid swingarm, beefy tubing and decals make this bike turn heads. When you actually get on top of it and start riding it, you notice a lot of things, mostly good. The bike is fairly flickable, at least on the short chainstay setting. Despite it's size, maneuvering this thing is not be a problem. It sucks up bumps and bigger hits nicely, and pedals very well. For it's weight and intended purpose, this bike climbs very well.

Weaknesses:    Heavy, hard to remove or adjust the rear shock. High leverage ratio.

Bottom Line:   
Going downhill this bike is perfect. Going flat, this bike is good. Going uphill, this bike will go, not fast because it's not meant to go uphill, but very, very fast for it's weight and intended purpose. This bike, among DH bikes, is a very good climber, but that's not why I bought it. Going downhill, among DH bikes, this bike is a very good descender. This bike turns from an agile, but heavy, machine to a high-speed descending machine. It won't keep up to a modern DH bike, but for a 5 year old frame, this bike holds it's own. It's not for everyone, but I love my Super 8.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Used

Bike Setup:   8" Hayes Mags, pushed RC. Short chainstay setting. 26" wheels, SRAM drivetrain, 2004 Super T.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Big K a Weekend Warrior from Soquel

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2003

Strengths:    very strong bike, know many people who did major drops and really rode the super 8 hard and never cracked or broke the fram

Weaknesses:    it is very very heavy, and like all good mountain bikes, its a b*tch to pay so much money

Bottom Line:   
if you wanna good DH bike get a super 8, they will be hard to find since they don't make them anymore but you can find a good used one between $1500- $2500

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Similar Products Used:   GT Dhi, SC V-10


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Craig a Weekend Warrior from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: September 12, 2003

Strengths:    This bike is huge! More a motocross without an engine. Strong as hell. Big burly welds, gussets on really thick sounding tubes (tap on them and listen to the sound). Big, solid rear swing arm with cross-braces, takes 3" tires. What a ride. Rides like a motocross (downhill anyways). Floats over massive obstacles! Can run over rocks and roots 6-8" high at freeway speeds. Pedals great and accelerates like a rocket(if you are really strong) Sweet, sweet ride for big and aggressive downhiller or freerider. Not really suited to smaller riders, this is alot of bike.

Weaknesses:    Hmmmmmmmm.......paint chips very easily. Fox shock in rear makes big sucking noise.......not much really wrong with this bike.

Bottom Line:   
This bike weighs about 50lbs as per specs listed above. This is a serious gravity machine designed for one thing....down. The bike pedals very well after an initial dial-in of the rear shock (not fun). I have set-up with 850lb spring, compression about half way and rebound about 3 clicks out from full soft. She floats over huge rocks and roots at mind-scarring speeds. Forget the brakes, just pedal and ride over it. Awesome ride. Makes you forget about the trail sometimes. Steering is fast and precise, tracking is confidence inspiring. I love it and so will you. A warning to smaller riders, you will need alot of full body strength to bull this brute around at low speeds. At high speeds it is a handfull if you are not strong. For big, aggressive riders, this is a bombproof ride. As close as you can get to full motocross without an engine.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $6000.00

Purchased At:   Built up from various places

Similar Products Used:   Tested only Foes, Cortina, San Andreas, Rotec.

Bike Setup:   2002 Medium black, Stratos S8 (2002), Doublewides with Gazzaloddi 24x3" and 26x3", Race face DH BB, Blackspire guide w/46T ring x 11/34 XT cogstack, XT derailleur and shifters, Titec DH seatpost, F.u.n.n. Serial Killah stem and Full On handlebars, Hayes purple 8" discs F and R.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by daniel a Downhiller from soquel

Date Reviewed: September 2, 2003

Strengths:    the strongest bike ever made

Weaknesses:    no weakness what so ever

Bottom Line:   
if you wanna good down hill bike, get a super 8 or a DHi

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Similar Products Used:   GT DHi


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by savage hunter a Downhiller from soquel

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2003

Strengths:    this bike is invulnerable

Weaknesses:    very heavy

Bottom Line:   
haven't ridden a better downhill bike

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Bike Setup:   2001 santa cruz super 8, 2001 marzocchi shivers

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DarkAngelRaaa a Weekend Warrior from The North of England

Date Reviewed: January 31, 2003

Strengths:    Jesus...I feel the need to do Michael Jackson impressions whenever I ride this thing. So nimble and quick, even with full 24"s, burly, way over strong. Looks as stealthy as hell.

Weaknesses:    Doesn't have framesavers like the TMX does, but 99% of bikes don't. The rear shock is a nightmare to remove, when you're tinkering with your shock about twice a week.

Bottom Line:   
The shock takes a while to set up, but it's fun learning so who cares. Handles and pedals like a heavy hardtail (I can even bunnyhop walls with the shock set up right!!) It can drop for fun, and is limited only by the rider's nerve. I use it mostly for urban riding and it eats everything in it's path. Suspension is active but not over bobby (when set up)...So fast with a 38 ring on.

Attracts a lot of attention and looks a real bad boy. Buy it now.

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Favorite Trail:   Urban/Chopwell woods

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $5000.00

Purchased At:   Various bits from various internet companies

Similar Products Used:   Club Roost DH8, Azonic Eliminator, Foes DHS tube, Coyote DH2, Intense M1, Cannondale F2000, Coyote DH3

Bike Setup:   2002 16"(small) black frame, hadley hub, 5th element shock, 24seven Superfat cranks, Shinburger pedals, Blackspire C/device. 24" Doublewide rear + 3" tyre, shimano mech/shifter/rohloff chain. Monster T forks, Combat on planet x hub + 2.6 tyre. X-lite DHR-80 bars, 24seven grips, atomlabs stem. CK steelset headset. 8" Hayes HFX-9s

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Martin a Downhiller from St.John's,Newfoundland,Canada

Date Reviewed: September 28, 2002

Strengths:    looks great,pretty tough,not to heavy and pedals decent,good price,very stable in the air and on downhills,comes with hadley hub,excellent warrenty and the guys at santa cruz are great with customer service.

Weaknesses:    i snapped my swing arm..........wasent big at all.hardly noticeable.......but the guys at santa cruz gave me a new one no questions asked......comes with a piece of garbage fox shock..blew the rc twice....ahhhhhh no other weaknesses

Bottom Line:   
excellent bike.love it........aside from the stock shock its great..........buy one

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Freeride mountain sports

Similar Products Used:   norco vps

Bike Setup:   2002 gun metal frame,2002 boxxer,dmr cranks and bars 8 inch hayes,mrp 321's on hadley/profile hubs,xt shifting

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by aaron a Downhiller from seattle wa

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2001

Strengths:    Nuthin but love. cush cush cush, stompin power , thru axle, stiff, pretty good petaling, can go up the shore, not just down, though, down is the highlight. running a shiver up front, (note have to run the drop crown) adjustable angles in 2 places, great rear shock and location, great wiring, clean and quiet, durable, good paint, big big improvements over older bikes reviewed below, bigger tubing, unbreakable and unbendable dropout A + , Also it is not 3000$ for just the frame (Though I do understand why they are that much) just go by a motorcycle if you wnat to spend money. really fun play bike - as seen in kranked 4 ( holey trail) silly what you can do, nice long top tube, makes it manual better and j hop, with a short 35 mm stem, (dont think smaller is better, trust me) oh, must I forget, if you run small 26" tires or 24" like me, tuck up the rear tire tighter that a trials bike by bolting the rear wheel foward (stock option) and make it wheelie drop rad, even though the bike is 40 lbs.

Weaknesses:    listen, dont think that this is the end all to bikes, there is alot of great bikes out there, and this is simply one of them. I dont think anything can be perfect, for instance, I dont think this bike "should weight 24 perfect pounds" like zap or mba might like, it should wistand good size drops, not 40 feet to flat, but up to that :) , it should be reliable, which it is, and most important, look cool, which it does, check out mine in the bike pic section soon, and you can pic your own color (way past yah rocky mountain) so it is a rad deal worth every hard earned penny and credit charge. Maybe it could have a floating rear disc, and a ... well I am not sure. Also , shimano, why would you make your stupid derailers be able to bounce on your cassette all day long over every single stupid bump (big ones) dumb dumb dumb. enough said. buy sram.

Bottom Line:   
buy sram, and a super 8 in pink. it will be rad. hard to beat for your money, very small reason to every spend more $ other than next years vpp baby.

oh, yeah, by september, gary at brake therapy, is going to have a floating brake for the sup 8 (which if you had not figured out is 8.5" travel santacruzmtb.com) . so email him and bug him, make sure he gets it done!!! (FORKS@THERAPYCOMPONENTS.COM) I want the first one!

super 8 super bike!

peace out Aaron

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Favorite Trail:   burke gillman

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1450.00

Purchased At:   olympic sports 206-363-3007

Similar Products Used:   buch o bikes, giant atx dh, rotec team, bullit, couple of rockys, specialized dh , uh. I get to ride a lot of bikes, I am a dirty wrench, and i bet you are 2!

Bike Setup:   shiver (sic), hayes 8 , double wides, hadley hubs, atomic lab stem (very rad, buy it) rad mosh bmx seat, soe other stuff to make it work, again buy sram. try there triggers.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ALEX INKLE a Downhiller from VIETNAM(Canada)

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2001

Strengths:    its all gravy baby

Weaknesses:    nothing if youre complaining about the rear tire clearence be a man and get a 24" wheel like me then youll be cool

Bottom Line:   
the bottom line is that i wanted everyone to know that if you put a 24"wheel your complaining is over and you dont look like a loser complaining all the time on mtbr website i would like to forally thank you for your time,goodbye
p.s. the only thing this bike is missing is tits and a brain

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Favorite Trail:   BUD's TRAIL

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $9999999999999.00

Similar Products Used:   THE HUSTLER AND THE RAINBOW DELIGHT

Bike Setup:   24" wheels 3.0 front and 2.7 rear thats all you need to know about the frame

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Iyamon a Downhiller from new england

Date Reviewed: February 5, 2001

Strengths:    low center of gravity.
laid back geometry yet easy to whip around.
Santa Cruz customer service rocks! keep it up Kiwi!
Simple design Great performance almost Zero maintenance.
the bike just plain kicks ass! Proof that you dont have spend $2500 for a top notch frame.


Weaknesses:    popular as hell!
everywhere I go I have to double take(thought that was my bike)


Bottom Line:   
great company, great service, great bike.
This bike is sweet for urban or DH playing.
dont get fooled by the hype, its not the bike.
its the rider, dont break yourself trying to keep up with the Jones'. A SUPER8 can ROAST 'em if you can hang on!

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Favorite Trail:   Plattekill/vietnam

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1250.00

Purchased At:   a bike shop

Similar Products Used:   INTENSE M1(all hype, the seatint position feels like i'm
perched on top of the bike, not in it like a S8).
UZZI DH
SAN ANDREAS & SHOCKWAVE
MARIN DH(not in the same class but they call it DH)
ELLSWORTH DARE


Bike Setup:   20mm RAZOR ROCK HUB F&R/20mm RAZOR ROCK drop outs, Hayes 8" brakes, doublewide rims, Monster T, raceface/MRP/azonic

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mike a Downhiller from Denver, CO USA

Date Reviewed: October 30, 2000

Strengths:    Simple design, low maintainence, stiffness(if you buy the RazorRock rear thru-axle upgrade),7.5 inches of real travel.

Weaknesses:    Brake lockout,(especially with an 8" rear rotor), rr tire clearance,chain feedback(the chain stretch is extreme through the range of travel)

Bottom Line:   
The bike rides pretty well, very plush over medium to large hits,and it corners better than average. However, the braking lookout is a problem that Santa Cruz really should address. Perhaps they should put a floating mount on to solve the problem. I highly recommend anyone who has this frame to buy the 20mm tru-axel upgrade it makes all the difference.

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Favorite Trail:   parkcity ncs

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Similar Products Used:   Schwinn Straight 6, GT Lobo, Cannondale DH, Cheeta DH

Bike Setup:   Boxxer, MRP, Hugi w/Mavic 321's, Razor Rock 20mm Rear upgrade, Hayes 8" front and rear,Azonic Bars and Stem, Sram9.0

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by CHUCK D a Downhiller from RANDOLPH

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2000

Strengths:    VERY PLUSH, FEELS GREAT . HANDELS VERY WELL, INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH. CANT BREAK SEAT POST HOLDER. PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING ABOUT IT.

Weaknesses:    I CANT THINK OF ANYHTING AT THE TIME, I HAVE NOT FELT ANY ON THE TRAILS

Bottom Line:   
THIS BIKE IS THE BEST DH BIKE ON THE MARKET. IT HANDELS SO WELL AND HAS THE SMOOTHEST RIDES WITH THE 8 INCHES SETTING ON THE SHOCK. IF YOU RIDE THIS BIKE YOU WILL WRECK YOUR FRIENDS. I KNOW IT IS EXPENSIVE BUT IF YOU ARE A REAL DOWNHILLER YOU WILL KNOW IT IS WORTH EVERY PENNY. SO SAVE THE MONEY AND DESTROY YOUR APPONENT. EVEN IF YOU HAVE TERRIBLE COMPONENTS THIS BIKE WILL STILL FEEL GREAT. THE FRAME FEELS THE BEST WITH MARZOCCHI MONSTER T FORKS. AND THATS ALL I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THAT.

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Favorite Trail:   PLATEKILL

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   FSR, INTENSE, KONA,SANTA CRUZ, MTN CYCLE, ELLSWORTH,YETI

Bike Setup:   HAYES,KORE,RISSE,MARZOCCHI,SUN,INTENSE,HOPE,TITEC HELLBENT

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DH'er a Downhiller from NC

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2000

Strengths:    -plush
-strong
-simple
-jumps great
-cheap


Weaknesses:    -will only hold a 2.35 tire in the back


Bottom Line:   
this is the best dh bike for the money
this bike is great for begining dh'ers to top pros

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Favorite Trail:   Salem Lake

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   -yeti lawill 8
-karpiel disco volante
-ellsworth dare


Bike Setup:   -boxxer
-ryno lites
-mrp
-race face cranks
-hayes


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Racer X a Racer from Berkeley, CA

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2000

Strengths:    PRICE, strength, simplicity, activeness, travel, ease of use. This bike is very very active. Stiffness

Weaknesses:    BARELY FIT A 2.35" tire in the rear. That is disapointing, as does the bike on a smaller chanring.

Bottom Line:   
A very versitale frame. Stiff, and super reactive. I have not fealt any bike so active in the first .5" of travel. Holds its own on everything, corners very nicely. Buy it, its cheap

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Favorite Trail:   Temelpa and Zig Zag

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Intense, Kona, FSR, etc etc.

Bike Setup:   X-Vert Carbon, Mavic 321 w/Hugi, Hayes 8" front and rear (tell me someone who has that match)RaceFace, Shimano, MRP.

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